This image of the Star-Forming Nebula N90 shows a rich star-forming region in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
This is a composite of Chandra, Hubble, and Spitzer data. The Chandra data are shown in purple; visible light data from the Hubble Space Telescope are shown in red, green, and blue; and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope are shown in red.
Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity that focuses on the image and text.
This composite image from the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory and Spitzer Space Telescope showcases a colorful view of the star-forming nebula, N90, located in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The image provides astronomers with a fuller census of the number and types of stars that are forming and have formed in this nebula. Includes a classroom activity.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An example of why astronomers use different regions of the Electromagnetic Spectrum. Use the inquiry-based classroom activity, "In Search of … the Electromagnetic Spectrum," that is included with the PDF lithograph.
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the images on the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the images. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the text on the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
HubbleSite press release: "Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud"
Amazing Space resources by topic: Stars and stellar evolution